J.S. Bach: Motets

J.S. Bach: Motets
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Chamber Choir of Europe
European Chamber Soloists
Nicol Matt conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94045
EAN code 5028421940458
Release September 2010

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About this release

These 7 works comprise J.S Bach’s complete output of German motets – in stark contrast to his prolific cantata output of over 200 works.

German motets occupied a specific place in the canon of liturgical music in the 16 – 18 centuries. They were performed solely by the choir schools during services, the congregation remaining silent. Consequently, the writing is more complex than that found in works where the congregation could join in. It was customary for two motets to be sung at Sunday services, Vespers, weddings, funerals church induction ceremonies, inaugurations and university gatherings.

Bach’s works date from his time cantor at St Thomas’s church in Leipzig, where on of his duties was to provide music for minor ceremonies.

Other information:
- Period instrument performances, recordied in 2007.
- Booklet notes and sung texts included.
- Awarded with a Diapason d'Or in June 2011.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225
  2. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225
  3. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225
  4. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf BWV 226
  5. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf BWV 226
  6. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf BWV 226
  7. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  8. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  9. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  10. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  11. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  12. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  13. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  14. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  15. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  16. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  17. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
  18. Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir BWV 228
  19. Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229
  20. Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden BWV 230